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Term Lengths to Remain at Two Years
The Herndon Town Council has adopted an ordinance that would move the town's election date from May to November.  The ordinance will now be submitted to the 2015 Virginia General Assembly, which convenes in January and has the authority to amend the town's charter; if adopted by the General Assembly, the change to November would be in effect for the 2016 election.
A second consideration, to change term lengths for the town's elected officials from two years to four years with staggered terms, was not adopted by the Town Council.

The Town Council held four public hearings on the proposed ordinance prior to its December 9, 2014, vote.  Through public testimony, emails and phone calls, many citizens communicated to the council their support for, or opposition to, provisions included in the ordinance.  Ultimately, councilmembers who voted to adopt the ordinance said they were compelled by the argument that voter turnout would likely be higher for town elections if they were held in conjunction with election for federal offices. Additionally, the majority of councilmembers who voted against increasing term lengths said that a majority of citizens who commented throughout the public hearing process supported maintaining two year terms.
Voting Information
The election of the 2014-2016 Herndon Mayor and Town Council was held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  The Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Avenue, is the sole polling place for town elections.
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Residents of the Town of Herndon who are eligible  must register to vote in Fairfax County. To meet the deadlines, register online at or return a completed application postmarked or delivered to the General Registrar, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, Virginia, 22035-0081.
To verify your voter registration status or to update your address or name, visit  Voter registration status and on file address information is also reviewable through the Fairfax County mobile app (available for both Android and IPhone users) by using the VOTE icon, or you may call 703-222-0776.
Voter registration applications are online at, or in hard copy from the Fairfax County Office of Elections in the Government Center, (703)222-0776, libraries, and county supervisors' offices.  Voter registration forms also are available in the town clerk's office, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, (703) 435-6804,
Absentee Voting
To vote absentee by mail for the May town election, the Fairfax County Office of Elections must receive a registered voter's absentee ballot application.  Information and Applications are available on the Office of Elections website or office, the Herndon town clerk's office, county libraries, and county supervisors' offices. Completed forms showing the voter's signature may be e-mailed as a scanned attachment, faxed, mailed, or delivered in person. 
To determine if you are eligible to vote absentee, visit the Office of Elections website,

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Candidate Information
Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

(1)         A candidate must be qualified to vote for and to hold the office being sought.
(2)        A candidate must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

Citizens interested in running for state or local offices in Virginia, should start by downloading the appropriate candidate information bulletins, required forms and documents and other information about running for a specific office and relating to campaign finance and advertising. Information is available on the State Board of Elections web site

Candidate information, forms and reports may also be obtained online or by contacting:
Virginia State Board of Elections (
Washington Building First Floor
1100 Bank Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone (804) 864-8901
Toll Free (800) 552-9745
Fax (804) 371-0194
The Office of Elections (
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035-0081
Voter registration phone: (703) 222-0776
Absentee application fax: (703) 324-2205
To volunteer as an election officer ($175 per diem to include training and Election Day) or for more information visit the website, or call (703) 324-4735 or e-mail:

Campaign Finance Disclosure Act
In May 2011, the Town Council approved the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (Ordinance 10-O-41), which took effect January 1, 2012.  These provisions apply to candidates seeking election to all Town offices.

Campaign Finance Disclosure Act  

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